By John Gagnon
An Interpretation of Desire deals a bracing choice of significant essays by way of John Gagnon, one of many prime and most galvanizing figures in sexual study. Spanning his paintings from the Seventies, while he explored the concept that sexuality is mediated via social strategies and categories—thus paving the best way for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope through the Nineties, those essays represent an important entrée to the research of sexuality within the 20th century.
Gagnon could be most sensible often called the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a booklet that brought the seminal proposal of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's extensively thought of to be an important examine of human sexual habit because the Kinsey record. The essays gathered the following first hint the impression of scripting conception on Gagnon, outlining the unconventional departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric versions of intercourse examine. the quantity then turns to more moderen essays that contemplate such vexed matters as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, damaging intercourse, and the social features of sexually transmitted ailments.
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